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Old 10-03-2007, 05:32 PM
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Default Canadian Harry Potter: "Philosopher's Stone" confirmed!

Good news for fellow Canadians thinking about the upcoming releases of Harry Potter on Blu-Ray/HD DVD: I'd been worried that Warner would cheap out and only release Harry Potter 1 as the American "Sorceror's Stone" version in high-def. I emailed Warner about this concern and got this email back:

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Yes, we will be releasing the Philosopher's Stone first and have always distributed the original UK version of the Philosopher's Stsone. This applies to the release of the title on Blue Ray and HD DVD as well.

Hope this helps.

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Anna Longobardi
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Warner Home Video (Canada) Inc.
Time to preorder it now!
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:46 PM
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Oddly enough I'm really glad at this news.
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sooo whats the difference ?
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:54 PM
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sooo whats the difference ?
Packaging, opening titles, and dialogue changes ("Philosopher" rather than "Sorcerer")
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It's funny that a great deal of Americans don't remember the negative buzz around the decision to do this when the first flick came out. If I remember correctly, the producers felt that American children would not know what a Philosopher was and decided to change the name for the American release, but the original title stayed the same for every other country in the world where it was released. This led to shooting scenes twice whenever dialogue mentioned the stone.

There was a noticable defensive position from some Americans at this time....I remember reading a sarcastic news release that stated the next films would be:

"Harry Potter and the Closet of Don't Tells"

"Harry Potter and the Bad Guy from Jail"

"Harry Potter and the Bucket of Hot Stuff"
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I thought that was a decision by the American publishers of the first book and the filmmakers upheld that decision to avoid confusion.
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